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Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles
Sep 23 2016
Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles.

Scholars reaffirm Catholic teaching against artificial birth control
Sep 21 2016
A statement also said that to live out “God’s design for married love,” husbands and wives need “moral family planning methods.

Christians aren't greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says
Sep 21 2016
God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.

Pope, Christian leaders pray for peace, victims of war
Sep 20 2016
Jesus' cry of thirst on the cross is heard today in the cries of innocent victims of war in the world, Pope Francis said.

Religious leaders praise Patriarch Bartholomew as a great ecumenist
Sep 20 2016
The leaders praised Patriarch Bartholomew as an ecumenist, theologian and leading religious defender of God’s creation.

Best way to fight terrorism is to warmly welcome refugees, pope says
Sep 19 2016
Offering migrants and refugees truly helpful and loving hospitality is the greatest guarantee against terrorism, Pope Francis said.

Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits
Sep 16 2016
Pope Francis wanted to give a strong sign of the importance of life from its first moment to its natural end.

Vatican: Abortion, attempted suicide always obstacles to ordination
Sep 15 2016
The sacredness of human life is so absolute that performing or helping procure an abortion or attempting suicide is an obstacle to ordination as a Catholic priest, even if the man was not Catholic at the time the events occurred, said a new Vatican ruling.

Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer
Sep 15 2016
In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church.

Assassinated French priest joins procession of martyrs, pope says
Sep 14 2016
To kill in the name of God is satanic, Pope Francis said at a Mass for a French priest assassinated by youths loyal to the Islamic State.